Video Reveals That You've Been Opening Your Fast-Food Ketchup Packets All Wrong One TikToker is going viral for her hack on how to use ketchup packets while on the go.

By Emily Rella

entrepreneur daily

One of the biggest appeals of fast food is that you can eat it wherever, especially when you're on the go.

This can be somewhat inconvenient, however, if you're driving and trying to balance holding your food and condiments without spilling or making a mess.

Culprit number one in this scenario? Good old ketchup.

But one TikTok foodie and mom might have found the hack to all your spillage nightmares.

TikTok user @CookItErica, who has over 1 million followers on the app, shared a way to turn the ketchup satchels that you receive at a fast food joint (in this case, McDonald's) and turn them into a convenient dipping cup of sorts.

Related: Head-Scratching Video Shows Cow Waiting in McDonald's Drive-Thru

"When [my daughter] Morgan was little and we would go through the drive-thru, we taught her to take the ketchup packet and tear it down this way," CookItErica says as she tears the packet down the long side, instead of ripping from the corner as the packet historically instructs.


IMPORTANT FRENCH FRY HACK! ##tiktokfood ##lifehack ##savagemom ##momsoftiktok ##ketchup ##frenchfryhack ##Buffering

♬ original sound - Food, Family, Fun

"And then when you open the packet, she could dip the fries right in there," she says as she grabs both bottom corners and pushes inward, forcing the packet into a mini cup-like shape for easy dipping.


The video, which has been viewed over 4.4 million times, has viewers shook.

"This video changed my whole life," TikTok user @tipshi wrote.

"So u mean I could have been doing this instead of not eating fries without ketchup in the car," one user wrote next to a crying laughing emoji. "Thanks for the tip!"

Related: 'How is This Possible': $29 Custom Starbucks Drink Has Baristas in Frenzy

Others praised the ketchup hack as "brilliant," "cool" and "genius."

The video has sparked over 100 reaction videos of user "duetting" the original video by trying the hack themselves or simply reacting.

One in particular has gone viral itself, by Kelly Mergs (@kelmergs) who has garnered over 1.4 million likes on her duet.


##duet with @cookiterica ##comeon ##ketchup ##ilearned ##thankyoutiktok ##learnsomethingnew ##simple

♬ original sound - Food, Family, Fun

"TikTok does it again," the video says in text overlapping a hilarious video of the user realizing that the hack works.

"I wish I had known about this 12 years ago," Elizabeth Tuttle Kas wrote beneath the video.

Another McDonald's related TikTok went viral recently after it had been revealed in the comments by an employee that the beloved Snack Wrap would be returning to the fast food chain's menu soon.

The claim, however, was quickly debunked by a representative for the company who said that there are currently "no plans to bring Snack Wraps back to nationwide menus in the U.S. or Canada."

McDonald's was up 23.59% year over year as of Friday afternoon.

Related: 'Criminal' Photo of $28 Beer on Menu at Airport Sparks Outrage

Emily Rella

Entrepreneur Staff

Senior News Writer

Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Related Topics


6 Alternatives to Venture Capital You Need to Consider

Many first-time founders believe that venture capital is the only funding source for startups. In reality, many early-stage startups receive their initial funding from alternative sources. Here, we explore the pros, cons and risks of the six most common alternative funding sources for early-stage startups.

Business News

Grads From This Midwestern School Are More Likely to Start a Billion Dollar Company Than Founders Who Went To Stanford, Harvard, or MIT: Study

Some surprising schools outranked Ivy League universities with the likelihood that their grads would found a unicorn.

Business News

Bumble Is Laying Off Over 30% of Workforce as Gen Z Moves Away From Dating Apps

The company revealed its restructuring plans during a Q4 2023 earnings report.

Data & Recovery

Using Public Wi-Fi? Here's How to Protect Your Personal Data.

NordVPN's top-rated security solution is on sale for the next few days.


7 Ways to Create a Seamless Marketing Campaign Across All Platforms

Achieving cross-platform harmony requires strategic goal-setting, customized content optimization, and a mix of paid and organic efforts.